Dental Implant Uses and Candidates
Dental implants provide a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can be used in combination with dental crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures to fit the patient’s specific needs. Chattanooga cosmetic dentist Damien Armstrong offers a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to improve the look and function of his patient's teeth. He welcomes patients to schedule a consultation to see if dental implants are right for them.
How Are Dental Implants Used to Restore Missing Teeth?
Dental implant treatment is used to permanently and securely replace missing teeth. Dental implants are screw-like titanium posts surgically placed within the jawbone. These titanium posts act as replacement tooth roots to which a variety of dental restorations can be attached. Dental crowns can be used to replace individual teeth, while multiple missing teeth can be replaced with implant-supported dental bridges or dentures.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Though dental implants are a great solution for many patients, they are not suitable for everyone. Heavy smokers, those with uncontrolled diabetes, or those with heart disease are typically not good candidates for dental implants. Candidates for dental implants should be in good health and have sufficient jawbone. Before a dental implant can be placed, the jawbone must be evaluated. Generally, x-rays are performed to assess the jawbone and ensure there is sufficient bone for the dental implant procedure. This is because once teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to change and dissolve. For those who have experienced long term tooth loss, the jawbone may require rebuilding before the dental implant procedure can be performed. Fortunately, bone grafts using either synthetic material or bone from another part of the body, can be performed to rebuild the jaw for dental implant placement. Candidates for dental implants include people who are/have:
- In Good General Health: Because dental implant treatment requires surgery, candidates for dental implants should be in good enough general health to tolerate surgery. Good oral health is also important for dental implant success.
- Missing One or More Teeth: Candidates for dental implants may be missing one or more teeth. Dental crowns can be used with dental implants for the replacement of individual teeth. For those who are missing multiple teeth, implant-supported dental bridges or implant-supported dentures are generally a more time and cost effective treatment option.
- Adequate Jawbone: Candidates for dental implants must have sufficient jawbone to support the dental implant. If the jawbone is not considered adequate, a bone graft can be done to rebuild the jaw. Once the jaw has healed and incorporated the graft, the dental implant can be placed.
Schedule a Consultation
For patients in Chattanooga, dental implants are a great option to restore the look and function of missing teeth. Not only do dental implants offer a permanent and secure treatment for tooth replacement, they can also help restore the confidence that patients get from having a beautiful smile. Patients can find out if they’re good candidates for dental implants by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Armstrong today!